Orlando Pirates co-coach, Fadlu Davids, has explained why Tshegofatso Mabasa is not starting matches despite always having a ‘goal in him’.
Mabasa came off the bench to score the only goal of the afternoon in the match between Pirates and Swallows FC on Saturday.
The goal helped the Buccaneers to register their first win of the season, having drawn their previous two DStv Premiership matches against Stellenbosch FC and Marumo Gallants respectively.
Davids has suggested that the striker is not yet 100% fit to start matches after he was disrupted by injury on his progress.
“He was cleared on the 14th (of August, when we played) our first match against Swallows. So, he is still in the process of going through his pre-season, so to say. Building him up on his individual periodization plan but so far, he is doing well. We know he cannot yet compete the 90 minutes in terms of the intensity that we want. But a step by step for him,” said Davids, speaking to the media.
“Yes, he always has a goal in him, he’s a different type of striker to what we have and he’s always in the right place at the right time. That instinct, that smelling, that moment of being in the right position, not a lot of players have, but he has it,” the coach added.
View Orlando Pirates’ 37-man squad for the 2021/22 season: